Ishant Sharma bulldozed the Kochi batting line-up with a sensational five-wicket spell as Hyderabad spanked the hosts by 55 runs in their IPL match in Kochi on Wednesday. Score | PhotoBefore Ishant’s fiery spell, Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara had scored a defying 65 off 47 balls under pressure to help the side reach a modest 129 for seven after being invited to bat at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Kochi.Hyderabad bowled out the hosts for 74 in 16.3 overs as Ishant produced one of the most memorable fast bowling spells in the history of the T20 league with incredible figures of 3-0-12-5.Hyderabad badly needed a win as they had lost four of the six matches before and were sitting at the bottom of the points table. Now they have jumped to the sixth spot.The track had helped the Kochi pacers as well but Ishant extracted the maximum help out of the juicy pitch as he hit the deck hard.Ishant’s was the third-best performance by a bowler in the history of tournament. Rajasthan’s Sohail Tanvir had recorded best figures in the inaugural edition in 2008 when he took six four 16 against Chennai.Kochi had not scored even a single run off the bat and had lost four batsmen when they began their chase. Ishant was responsible for the mayhem as he ripped apart the rival top order by striking thrice in his first over, dismissing Parthiv Patel (0), Raiphi Gomez (0) and Brad Hodge (0).Dale Steyn (3/16) had dismissed dangerous Brendon McCullum (0) in the first over and the two runs that Kochi had managed on the scoreboard at that time, came through a leg-bye and a wide.advertisementIshant sent shock waves in the rival camp when he returned to bowl his second over and trapped Kedar Jadhav (0) in the first ball and had Mahela Jayawardene (4) caught behind in the last ball.The scorecard was reading a horrible 11 for six in four overs.Ravindra Jadeja (23) and Thisara Perera (22) though showed nerves of steel as they responded to the tough situation with a gritty 36-run stand for the seventh wicket.It could not help them avert defeat but saved them from suffering the ignominy of recording the lowest total in the IPL history, which is 58 for Rajasthan against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009.Earlier, Invited to bat, Hyderabad were reeling at 20 for three in 5.2 overs but Sangakkara in company of Cameron White (31) rescued the team from the precarious position with a defying 90-run stand for the fourth wicket.Sangakkara, when batting at individual score of five, was bowled by S Sreesanth in the fourth over of the innings but he never looked back after getting the reprieve and led the amazing recovery of the Chargers’ innings.His superb knock, under pressure, came off 47 balls and contained 10 boundaries while White’s 34-ball innings featured two fours and a six.R Vinay Kumar (3/25) dismissed both Sangakkara and White in the last two balls of his final over, 17th of the innings, to conclude his spell on a superb note.White holed out to Jayawardene at deep mid-wicket while Sangakkara edged the next delivery to stumper Parthiv Patel.The most productive session for the Hyderabad was between over number 11 and 15 when they scored 53 runs while the last five overs fetched 39 runs.At the start Kochi paceman RP Singh (2/21) gave a dream start to the hosts by dismissing both the openers — Sunny Sohal (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (4) — in his successive overs.The left-arm paceman trapped Sohal in the last ball of the opening over and then had Dhawan caught by Raiphi Gomez in the second ball of his second over.However, he was unlucky to not have the wicket of Bharat Chipli, who drove straight to Brendon McCullum at extra cover but the Kiwi player failed to latch on to the chance.Sreesanth then bowled Sangakkara with a gem of a delivery but that turned out to be a no-ball.The visitors finally ran out of luck as R Vinay Kumar had Chipli (4) caught by Sreesanth at mid-off.The Kochi pace trio exploited the lively track, which offered bounce and seam, well as they gave away just 20 runs in the first six overs, conceding just one boundary.Chargers needed Sangakkara to stay at the crease as long as possible and build a partnership along with Cameron White and the duo did not disappoint the teammates.At half-way stage, they were 37 for three but gradually Sangakkara and White got into the groove and started punishing the bad balls. Only two boundaries were scored in the first 10 overs but then four were hit in two successive overs with three coming off the bat of Lankan batsman.advertisementWhite then broke the shackles by dispatching Ravindra Jadeja for a huge six over the square leg and Sangakkara was just getting better and better as he smashed his compatriot Thisara Perera for a couple of boundaries.The former Lankan skipper raised his fifty with a sweep boundary off Jadeja and took the team past 100-run mark before being dismissed by Vinay Kumar.-With PTI inputs
Barcelona ace Messi full of praise for Puig and Mirandaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi has sung the praises of Riqui Puig and Juan Miranda.Both youngsters have seen first team action this season.Messi said, “They have been training with us for a whole and you see they are different players. “The club did well in bringing them up to train with us. They will grow more and that’s good the club are using people from the youth academy because for a while nobody came. Going back to that model is important for the academy and the club.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Abraham informs Chelsea he wants to leave Aston Villaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham wants to leave Aston Villa this month.The Sun says the England striker can return from Aston Villa this month in the terms of his season-long move to the Championship side.And the Chelsea striker has attracted interest from top-flight clubs looking to boost their attack in the second half of the season.Abraham, 21, will be targeted by the clubs who missed out on Dominic Solanke, who is poised to join Crystal Palace.Both young Three Lions strikers have been on the radar for Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Brighton and Fulham.Moving away from Villa will be a blow to Dean Smith’s promotion hopes, with the club five points off the play-offs.It will also put Smith in the market for a replacement in attack for the second half of the season.
Newcastle keeper Elliot urges caution over Matty Longstaffby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot does not want the club to overhype youngster Matty Longstaff.The younger of the Longstaff brothers shone for the Magpies against Manchester United in a 1-0 win.It was his long range strike that gave the home team all three points in an intense clash. While Elliot sees Matty’s talent, he urges caution.He said to reporters: “It’s given the club a massive lift in the fact that we had a tough result [against Leicester] but it just showed there is lots of optimism coming through and we’ve got a new star on the rise.”I would just say, don’t expect him to do that every week. He’s a young kid and we still have to look after him.”It’s not to say he’s going to play every game until the end of the season, obviously I’m not involved in that process but we just need to make sure that we understand he’s still a young lad at 19.”What he did was absolutely amazing and hopefully he goes on to keep replicating that.”But his development isn’t just next weekend, it’s over the next three, four years.”He might be playing, not playing, playing different roles and he’s going to have up and down days – the same with Sean, so we just have to be patient.”The good thing is there are kids coming through with the potential to achieve whatever they want to achieve.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Atlanta156.36-0.3 According to Elo, Kansas City was expected to win about about eight of their 16 playoff games, four more than they actually won. That’s a testament to how good the Chiefs’ regular seasons have been, but also to how many ways they’ve fallen short in the playoffs. They’ve choked late in games (Chiefs fans surely remember the team’s slow collapse against Indy in 2014) and been blown out early (they fell in quick holes against the Colts in 2004 and the Bills in 1994). According to their win probability added (WPA) at various stages of the game, the Chiefs have done plenty of both during their run of playoff futility. Cincinnati94.21-3.2 Kansas City167.64-3.6 Houston62.63+0.4 Cleveland10.30-0.3 Arizona114.26+1.8 Tampa Bay115.35-0.3 Miami177.46-1.4 Philadelphia2613.212-1.2 WINS After a hard-earned bye in Week 1 of this year’s NFL playoffs, the Kansas City Chiefs are back in the divisional round for the second straight season. You’ll have to forgive K.C. fans, however, if they aren’t all that optimistic.Simply put, the second round of the playoffs is where Chiefs seasons usually go to die. Including this year, they’ve made seven trips to the divisional round since 1990 (when the league expanded its playoff field to 12 teams). They haven’t made it any further than that since 1993, when they lost to the Bills in the AFC Championship Game.And it hasn’t been for lack of trying. From 1990 through this year, K.C. has been in the postseason 13 times, the eighth-most of any team. But the Chiefs own one of the most disappointing playoff records in modern history: They’ve won a grand total of four playoff games over that span — the fifth-fewest of any team in football. Kansas City’s playoff record is an abysmal 4-12 during that stretch.In fairness to the Chiefs, they’ve played more than half of those playoff games on the road. They’ve also run into more than their share of tough opponents, including the 2015 Patriots and 2010 Ravens in recent years and the Super Bowl-bound Colts, Broncos and Bills in an earlier era. But even if we account for those factors using FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings — which can be used to create a prediction for each game — K.C. still has the biggest shortfall between its actual and expected playoff wins of any NFL team since 1990: Washington146.67+0.4 Buffalo189.610+0.4 Chicago125.95-0.9 San Diego167.87-0.8 Detroit103.91-2.9 Oakland136.76-0.7 New England3822.625+2.4 Minnesota199.16-3.1 Green Bay3619.620+0.4 Biggest playoff underachievers in the 12-team era, 1990-2016 Jacksonville114.55+0.5 Los Angeles105.66+0.4 New Orleans157.97-0.9 Pittsburgh3318.619+0.4 Dallas2413.514+0.5 This funk has lasted so long that it’s hard to assign blame for Kansas City’s struggles. The Chiefs’ stretch of underachievement spans seven different coaches and 11 primary quarterbacks. (Under the team’s current QB, Alex Smith, K.C. has a 1-2 record in the playoffs.) Maybe there’s something in the water — or at least in Arthur Bryant’s barbecue sauce — that precludes the team from making a deep playoff run. Or maybe, given enough teams and enough time, these kinds of droughts will inevitably happen to somebody.VIDEO: The Chiefs are chronic underachievers Indianapolis2913.814+0.2 Denver2613.715+1.3 Carolina167.49+1.6 Seattle2312.013+1.0 N.Y. Jets155.87+1.2 N.Y. Giants229.714+4.3 Baltimore2511.416+4.6 San Francisco2715.215-0.2 Forecasted wins are based on the game’s location and each team’s pregame Elo ratingsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com Tennessee168.16-2.1 FRANCHISENO. OF GAMESFORECASTEDACTUALDIFFERENCE Either way, this could finally be the year for a Chiefs breakthrough. On Sunday, they’ll play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Elo gives them a 64 percent chance of moving on to the AFC Championship Game — K.C.’s best odds in a playoff game since they hosted the Colts in a divisional-round game in 1996. (Naturally, the Chiefs lost that one, too.) Furthermore, Kansas City is built like a team that traditionally succeeds in the postseason, with a strong special teams and passing defense, plus a surprisingly efficient aerial attack featuring quarterback Alex Smith and tight end Travis Kelce.None of this guarantees that K.C. will overcome its long history of postseason disappointment, nor does it mean the Chiefs are necessarily “due” for a playoff turnaround after such a long wait. But with Elo giving the team a 15 percent chance of winning this year’s Super Bowl, Kansas City’s championship odds are the highest they’ve been at this stage of the playoffs in a long time.1Specifically, since K.C.’s divisional-round game against Denver in 1998, before which it had a 21 percent chance of winning the championship, per Elo. Now it’s up to this team to break with Chiefs tradition and win a dang divisional game.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions.
Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) leads a group of OSU players in tackling Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds (19) during a game against the Midshipmen Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. OSU won, 34-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorJust days after playing Navy, the Ohio State defense is preparing to play a completely different style of football as it gears up for its first home game against Virginia Tech.The Buckeyes, which faced the unusual triple-option offense of Navy last week, are now preparing for a more traditional attack run by the Hokies. Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that he and his coaches know making the switch from preparing for Navy to getting ready for Virginia Tech will not, and has not, been easy. “In our defense — coaches are actually saying that its hard enough to play Navy, and then all of sudden the week after, you wish had an easier team than this,” Meyer said. One of those coaches, defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who is in his first year at OSU, said it’s nice to put Navy in the rearview mirror.“It feels good to get that behind us,” Johnson said Monday. “Now (we) can go fast forward (against) a team that runs some things that we can adjust to and play a little faster.”Sophomore safety Vonn Bell said the defense has to be prepared for everything the Hokies will throw at them. “It’s a lot of tricky stuff, a lot of tricky formations. We just have to stay disciplined, reading our keys and we are going to have success,” Bell said. “You never know what to expect. You just have to be alert.”Meyer said Monday that he is particularly excited for his defensive line players, as they had to face relentless cut blocks from the Navy offensive line, something that has become uncommon in today’s college football landscape.“I just think of our D-linemen. (Sophomore) Joey Bosa didn’t come to Ohio State to squeeze down blocks and keep people off his ankles,” Meyer said. “That’s what he had to do last week. He came to rush a quarterback and penetrate. So there’s big smiles across our defensive line right now to let them go play.”Redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee added to Meyer’s comments and said his teammates are happy to be taking on a traditional offense.“I am sure the D-line is happy they get to pass rush now as opposed to taking on double teams all the time,” Lee said Monday. “Our coaches are forcing us back into our basic defenses. We will be fine, it is just switching modes. It’s a bit of relief, just playing our normal game.”Bosa agreed with Meyer and Lee on Wednesday and said that the defensive line has been waiting to show what it can do. “It was not a fun game last week,” Bosa said. “(I’m) still feeling sore from it. This week we will get to rush the passer a little bit, which we obviously love to do.”Bosa also said that because of the switch to Virginia Tech, the defensive line has to get used to doing things the way they were done before playing Navy. “We did nothing we have ever done before last week and now we are getting back to what were our basics and everything we usually run and it almost seems foreign after doing it for so long,” he said.The game against Virginia Tech is expected to take place in front of a record crowd Saturday, as the university added 2,600 seats to Ohio Stadium during the offseason. Bosa said he is ecstatic to be playing in front of the home fans once again.“Nothing is like playing in front of 110,000 people,” Bosa said. “I am just excited to get back in there.”While OSU athletics isn’t quite expecting 110,000 — they’re anticipating about 108,000 fans, which includes non-ticketed attendees, according to a university release — Meyer added to Bosa’s excitement. “I call it ‘night games Buckeye style,’” Meyer said. “That stadium is awesome. We have had some great games there in the last two years at night.”Meyer also said he believes Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James might be in attendance on the sidelines for the game. The Buckeyes and Hokies are scheduled to kickoff at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Related Items:dr. carlton mills, LONG BAY HIGH SCHOOL Impressive opening for Long Bay High; PNP Administration breaks ground on Phase II Salt Cay being ignored, Member & Native demand better Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Nov 2015 – The country’s newest school will have its ribbon cutting tomorrow; the Long Bay High School will end a near 20 year drought in new school construction for the government system when it opens for classes. Former Education Minister, Dr. Carlton Mills has been selected as the principal of the new institution which takes in around 160 form one students in a progressive manner. Long Bay High was late in opening for the 2015-2016 academic year; its students were temporarily placed at Clement Howell High. Little Mr & Miss Pageant for new high school Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp